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# Q) According to Henry David Thoreau, the reason a majority

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Q) According to Henry David Thoreau, the reason a majority is allowed to rule is not that it is more likely to be right, but because it is stronger.

a. the reason a majority is allowed to rule is not that it is more likely to be right, but because it is stronger.
b. a majority is allowed to rule not because it is more likely to be right, but because it is stronger
c. the reason for majority rule is not because they are more likely to be right, they are stronger
d. the majority is allowed to rule because of its strength, not because it is more likely to be right
e. the reason why the majority rules is that it is strong, not because it is likely to be right
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Q) According to Henry David Thoreau, the reason a majority is allowed to rule is not that it is more likely to be right, but because it is stronger.

a.....
b. a majority is allowed to rule not because it is more likely to be right, but because it is stronger

c. the reason for majority rule is not because they are more likely to be right, they are stronger

d. the majority is allowed to rule because of its strength, not because it is more likely to be right

e. the reason why the majority rules is that it is strong, not because it is likely to be right

A,C,E -- reason . because -- redundant.
Also in C -- "they" no clear referrant.

between B and D

Correct idiom Not X , But Y
B looks good.
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29 Sep 2008, 10:44
IMO it should be B.

I think B is the most parallel in all of them.
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29 Sep 2008, 10:54
potere29 wrote:
Q) According to Henry David Thoreau, the reason a majority is allowed to rule is not that it is more likely to be right, but because it is stronger.

a.....
b. a majority is allowed to rule not because it is more likely to be right, but because it is stronger

c. the reason for majority rule is not because they are more likely to be right, they are stronger

d. the majority is allowed to rule because of its strength, not because it is more likely to be right

e. the reason why the majority rules is that it is strong, not because it is likely to be right

IMO B

Not X but Y is the idiom used. X & Y must be parallel. Both should either have 'that' in the beginning (which none of the option has) or because in the start (which ofcourse B has).
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29 Sep 2008, 16:08
thought E at first, agree with B

reason why is no good
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29 Sep 2008, 18:17
Narrowed the choices to B and D. but B seems to be better choice
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04 Oct 2008, 21:13
Agreed with B.

Most parallel. Not X but Y. And X & Y are prallel. (Not because it is ... But because it is....)

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26 Oct 2009, 05:53
spriya wrote:
potere29 wrote:
Q) According to Henry David Thoreau, the reason a majority is allowed to rule is not that it is more likely to be right, but because it is stronger.

a..... -> because of and because it are not parallel

b. a majority is allowed to rule not because it is more likely to be right, but because it is stronger -> perfect

c. the reason for majority rule is not because they are more likely to be right, they are stronger ->

d. the majority is allowed to rule because of its strength, not because it is more likely to be right

e. the reason why the majority rules is that it is strong, not because it is likely to be right -> NOT PARALLEL

hi priya...

can you explain in detail why A is not right.... thanks in advance!!!
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30 Mar 2010, 23:47
Simple, Not X but Y

X and Y must be in parallel and only B preserves it.
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09 Apr 2010, 11:17
Yeah B ... preserves parallelism and is idiomatic
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29 Jul 2010, 04:06

a majority is allowed to rule not because it is more likely to be right, but because it is stronger

There needs to be comparison with something else?
I am stronger
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I am strong

First can be fixed by 'I am stronger than Robert'

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29 Jul 2010, 05:10

IMO its B. Majority should be the subject and not reason, So B and D
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29 Jul 2010, 06:09
Its between B and D... Go with B..

Why A is incorrect is : you don't use "the reason is" and "because" in the same sentence.. its redundant !
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29 Sep 2010, 09:16
I see something else that lead me to choose B over D. in D it reads " THE majority", but the majority of what is the author referring to? A majority refers to ANY kind of majority...thus I picked B!
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01 Oct 2010, 22:03
thanks. I reached to B and D, and couldn't spot the idiom. How do I internalize the idioms?
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05 Dec 2010, 15:57
I apologize for uncovering this old SC question, but:

How can B be right, is it not making the mistake of using "stronger" with nothing to compare it to?
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05 Dec 2010, 17:02
I go with B too...
btw what is the OA?
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13 Feb 2011, 01:33
A,C,E are have "reason ... because ..." ->Can be removed for brevity.
B is parallel and idiomatic.
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13 Feb 2011, 02:26
B: not X but Y, X is parallel with Y.

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